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Updated: Jul 25

What are some considerations for screening volunteer drivers?

When using volunteer drivers within your ministry, it’s important to screen them to make sure drivers are qualified to help reduce the risk of an accident. Below, we’ve compiled a list of things to keep in mind when using volunteer drivers.

Have volunteers provide proof of a valid driver’s license

This one may be self-explanatory but be sure that all drivers provide proof of a driver’s license rather than taking them at their word. It’s important for protecting your ministry to have documented proof.

Check to ensure that their vehicle registration is current

If a driver is using their personal vehicle rather than a ministry vehicle, have them provide proof of current vehicle registration as well. This helps ensure that the vehicle is legal to drive on the road and helps reduce traffic citations.

Conduct a formal review of their motor vehicle driving history

Sitting down to have a formal review of someone’s driving history allows you to identify any red flags that may disqualify someone from being a volunteer driver.

Establish a driver’s agreement for all drivers to sign

A driver’s agreement helps ensure that guidelines are established, and volunteers understand the conduct that is expected of them. You can also outline what driving infractions immediately disqualify someone from being a volunteer, what to do during an accident, and a pledge to follow all laws and regulations.

Finally, it is important to remember that it is always a good idea to have hired/non-owned auto coverage in place. This can help ensure your church is appropriately protected.


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